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Great White worries some along Connecticut coast

Animals and Wildlife

For the first time ever a great white shark was tracked in Long Island Sound on Monday and that has some wondering if others are lurking in the waters off the coast of Connecticut.

“I’m hoping I don’t catch him,” said Taylor Smith of Voluntown. He and a friend were at Barn Island in Stonington to head out fishing in his new boat.

Chances are, he won’t catch Cabot. He’s a shark named by the research group, Ocearch, which tagged it in Nova Scotia last fall and has followed its movements to Florida, and now near Greenwich. It even has a twitter account which posted the taunting tweet “Hello Greenwich How are you today?”

“By no means is this the first shark that’s gone through the area in recent years,” said Cris Sodergren, a senior aquarist with Mystic Aquarium.

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“It’s springtime Long Island Sound should be full of a lot of food,” said Sodergren. “The Striped Bass are moving in.”

Some say the nearly ten foot shark’s appearance shows the Sound is getting healthier these days. Good news for fisherman who might now be looking out for the tell tale fin too.

“Oh absolutely, absolutely,” said Smith. “I won’t be swimming that’s for sure.”

“They really don’t want to eat us,” said Sodergren. “We don’t taste good to them.”

Sodergren says even in areas with a lot sharks an attack on a human is very rare although they can come close to shore and swimmers should beware in areas where seals and other preferred shark food can be found. 

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“Don’t swim at dawn or dusk. Don’t be wearing a wetsuit that looks like a seal,” said Sodergren.

It appears Cabot has already passed through the New London area again sometime in the last 24 hours. That’s because the last ping was on the south side of Long Island so that means it has left Long Island Sound.


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